India will tread carefully: Khurshid on Indo-Pak talks

Last Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 22:30

Bangalore: India on Monday said the deep hurt felt by Indian people over the beheading of soldiers on the border has to be addressed for "unqualified movement forward" on the bilateral ties with Pakistan.
On the Islamabad proposal on the talk schedule for remaining secretary-level meetings in the third round of resumed dialogue, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said steps will have to be taken carefully.

"The dates may have come but as I said steps will have to be taken carefully and thoughtfully to ensure that the expectations of our people are also addressed as we move forward," he told reporters here.

Khurshid said every time there is an "opening" (vis-a-vis resumption of dialogue), India has not rejected or repudiated it. "But experience has taught us to be a little careful".

He stressed that it`s important to address "some points of deep hurt felt by the people if we want to carry public opinion with us".

It`s our responsibility to attempt to address it so that there is greater public confidence, he said.

"Confidence building measures are not necessarily between the two governments; but also necessary between Pakistan as a whole and people of India," said Khurshid, who also interacted with members of academia, student community, civil society and bureaucrats.

"And that`s what we are doing. We are ensuring that we keep options open, that we are willing to help them, where they need help but with constant reminders that it`s important that unqualified movement forward will be possible only if we have addressed the sense of concern that has been felt by the people of India by some recent unforeseen incidents," he said referring to the beheading of soldiers.


First Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 22:30
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